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Hi I'm John.

I'm an animator, a husband, a father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a professional animator working on feature films in Los Angeles. That is not to say that this is the most important thing about me, but it is often what people find most interesting. First and foremost, I am a husband, a father, a son, a brother, and a child of God. My work life consists of bringing characters to life on film. I try to make people smile, think, and laugh through my work. At home I am raising 4 boys ages 19 to 9. With one son in college, one getting ready for college, one in high school, and one under 10, that's not always easy. I am blessed to have a wonderful wife to help me. And I try to be a good husband. When I have some time to myself, I enjoy sculpting, sports, and making short films. But I don't often have that. My family, my work, and my faith take up most of my time, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Being a Mormon brings all these parts of my life into balance.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in Vietnam and came to the United States at 4 years old. With a wonderful multicultural childhood, my life included Asian New Year, martial arts, hockey games, and high school dances. In high school I met the most important person in my life, my future wife. Our first encounter was actually an argument which led to a high school romance. During this time, she introduced me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was raised in the Catholic faith and never felt that anything was missing in my life. I was happy. But as I began to learn about Mormons, I felt the spirit of God; something I had not felt before. I enjoyed learning about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I made friends that cared about me and leaders that I admired. I was encouraged to pray about becoming a member of the church. This was a new concept for me. I had never thought of God as someone with whom I could speak with directly. So I knelt down and spoke to Him as I would speak to my father asking Him if the Book of Mormon was true. God answered me plainly and clearly that it is true. After that, I had a desire to be baptized. That was over 20 years ago. Today, I love the gospel even more. I have a deeper understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And, as a result, I have a closer relationship with God. I love Him. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings happiness to my life. It gives me clarity in times of confusion. It brings peace to my soul when I need it most. Although I'm not perfect, I know that my Father in Heaven loves me. And that Jesus Christ died for me, to atone for my sins. After all these years, I know more than ever that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church of God. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the way to true happiness and peace. I know that God lives, that He loves us, that we are His children. And through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can live with Him again.

How I live my faith

I have had a number of opportunities to serve in the church. Over the years I have learned a deep love of service. There is nothing quite like teaching, visiting the sick, and helping the needy, that brings joy into my life. I am inspired by the teachings in Matthew chapter 25 verse 40 "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." I am currently serving in the mens organization of my congregation, where I am helping the men to form a strong brotherhood.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

John.
Mormons pay tithings because it is a commandment of God. And faithful obedience to this commandment brings God's blessings. In the Old Testament, in the book of Malachi, chapter 3 verse 10 it is written "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Show more Show less